Open Thread - Thurs 26 May 2022
Why am I surprised that activity is ramping up after the last few years, and 'normal' things are happening? I dunno, but I am from time to time.
Locally it is just about the 'start' of summer, or at least summer vacationing. That start will be this weekend. It'll still be coldish, wet and rainy, but there will be sunshine too, and I'm super happy about that. I live in an area that sees massive amounts of travelers passing through on their way to vacationing/camping/motorhoming/driving around in the Olympic Mountains, or other areas of Jefferson and Clallam Counties, WA. During the last few years those travelers really died back in number. But not this year! This year it seems there's even more vacationers than in 2019. So traffic has really grown and will stay that way until the 'end' of summer. This means lots of delays and detours for us locals; a 40 minute drive to my family's house will be 60 to 90 minutes now. But hey, at least it's back to normal!
Part of the lawn, the pastures, and a crabapple tree a few days ago. The sky is mindboggling when it gets that blue!
As usual, GM scientists, experimenters, whatever have recently come up with some pretty dumb ideas about genetically modifying common farm/pet/animals. They are always so 'shocked' when this goes bad, and can't understand why normal people don't trust them with these engineered mutations. I, personally, think that animal/plant bodies are too complicated to GM safely at this time. There are too many unexpected consequences like... murderous hamsters.
Or, how's about chickens that have genetically modified toxins added to them, which supposedly target only male chicks in the egg, and kill those, so we can only have female chicks so the egg industry can boom? Can you imagine the unintended side effects of this? Maybe in 10 or so years, there'll be no more chickens, because all the males will be dead. Or the toxins in the female eggs will make is so there are no more male humans born if mommies ate eggs (or egg/chicken products/byproducts) or... who knows? Isn't imagining the future exciting at times?
I admit, I'm being pretty pessimistic. The latest massacre in the USA, the kids in the Texas school, has really hit me hard. I just have... well, David Sirota expresses it best in this editorial he wrote for the Lever yesterday. 'The Nothing.'
But, in good news, our little baby boy goats will be going to a good home soon. I was worried we'd have trouble finding a place for them. We can't keep them here, as we are planning to move after the herd ages and passes on. So, no new goats for us . The sun is peeking out more often than not. It's even gotten into the high 60's during the day a couple of times. Things are growing well. Social life is returning, and we are seeing friends we haven't seen for a year or more. Life has a bunch of good stuff happening in it too!
Here's Bodacious recently. I think he's dreaming about bucking off a Barbie doll!
So, thanks for reading and here's the open thread - and remember, everything is interesting if you dive deep enough, so tell us about where you're diving!